Relaxation is for Runners

Hello Again, Runners!

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The weather's warming up and many of you are in training for your next race.  Others of you might be starting on the path to your first 5k---that's AWESOME! 

Too often, we run through pain we shouldn't.  We like to throw on our shoes and run out the door, never looking back!  Most of the time, it's an achy knee, nagging shin pain, or foot pain that just won't go away.  Rarely do we consider the importance of resting our minds.  Getting enough sleep is crucial.  It's when our bodies rebuild. If we're experiencing pain, we must slow down or find a different way to exercise until we feel better.  In either case, I always encourage clients to find ways recover!  And it's not easy...

Sometimes that means doing ab.so.lute.ly nothing.  Rest and Recovery can be key to keeping those aches and pains from becoming injuries.  Even if it means taking a break from running for a short time.

Here in the US, we don't often make enough time for self care.  Even if we're healthy athletes running marathons, taking appropriate steps to recover get overlooked.

What we often forget is that our minds need care also.  That's why I'm here to encourage you (a runner!) to consider massage as a great way to recover on all levels!

There are plenty of discussions out there about why massage is good for you, so I am honestly going to spare you the list.  If you want to read more about the benefits, visit: 

https://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/benefits-of-massage-for-runners

https://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/the-pros-and-cons-of-massages-for-runners

http://running.competitor.com/2013/12/injury-prevention/the-four-best-types-of-massage-for-runners_60280/2

The bottom line is that you can relax mentally and physically and increases circulation, which gives your body what it needs to heal faster.

What is not often discussed is how often you should get massage to reap the best benefits.  If you are an elite runner, you should consider weekly massages.  The miles take their toll and the more you can repair your body, the faster you will recover.  If you are going for your first 5k, you can get away with once a month.  And if you're somewhere in between, once every 2 weeks can be very beneficial. 

Of course, you must weigh the cost of massage against its benefit.  Often, if you want to set up a schedule with a therapist, they will give you a discount on multiple sessions or sign you up as a member for the best discount.  In any case, find the therapist that gets YOU and knows what YOU need and begin reaping the benefits of regular massage.

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Relaxation IS for runners!

Gotta run!

Ben Witt, LMT #2421

Marathon Massage Therapy, LLC

Call 769-257-0727 to schedule an appointment!

Valentine's Day -- For Runners

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So, we're about a week away from Valentine's Day.  I'm going to get your gift ideas flowing with some brainstorming about possible gifts for runners.  So....I've got a few questions for you runners out there:

1. What would be a nice, practical gift to receive from your loved one? 

2. What would be a terrible gift for a runner?  And don't say socks, because socks are pretty awesome.

3. What would be a romantic gift for a runner?  Something over the top!  Can a running gift be romantic?

I am excited to hear what you come up with!

Gotta Run,

Ben Witt, LMT 2421

Marathon Massage Therapy, LLC

155 Wesley Ave

Jackson, MS 39202

Phone: 769-257-0727

Web:    www,marathonmassagetherapy.com

Email:  contact@marathonmassagetherapy.com

Running Injuries: What have you experienced?

Hello Runners!

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With the Blues Marathon behind you and the spring races not too far away, it is a good time to take an inventory of your body.   

Are you dealing with any nagging injuries? 

Does something just hurt, but isn't quite broken.  Do you run on it anyway? 

What steps do you take to manage your body's needs before and after running?

These are all good questions to ask, since your goal is to run and run well with minimal injuries.  Whether you realize it or not, running with aches and pains is common, but if you choose to ignore your body's messages, you may end of with any number of issues that could make for a longer and more difficult road to recovery.

In the coming weeks, I will be exploring the basics of the most common running injuries and detailing how I approach these injuries using massage therapy, as well as some effective ways to prevent these injuries, which can save yourself a ton of worry and avoid sidelining you from your training.

These injuries include:

Pulled Muscles

Knee Injuries

Plantar Fascitis

Shin Splints

IT Band Injuries

Stress Fractures

Achilles Tendonitis

Whether you are a seasoned runner or just lacing up those new, fancy running shoes, knowledge and prevention will go a long way to keep you running and having fun doing it!

Gotta Run,

Ben Witt

Marathon Massage Therapy, LLC

Blues Marathon 2018 -- Special Offer!

Whether you just ran your first 5k or your 10th marathon, a massage is a great way to recover.  Immediately after the race is a great way to help your muscles recover, but BEWARE!   There are certain times when getting a massage will not help! In fact, you may experience a great deal of pain during a simple relaxation massage!

If you are struggling with soreness the next 2 or 3 days, do NOT get a massage, especially nothing deep.  It just hurts too much and it is not going to help your Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).  A relaxation massage can even be too much for some people at this stage.  Some intentional stretching can help, but it is best to wait approximately 24-36 hours before seeking a massage after a big event.  

Also, if you've been training hard, it is possible to be dealing with nagging injuries or you might have run into problems with your latest long run.  If you are strained, sprained, or have any issues that just won't seem to go away with some TLC, be sure to visit your physician for a closer look.  Get the help you need asap!  It will make a huge difference in the long run!   You can still get a massage if you are nursing an injury, but be aware that your therapist will likely avoid working on or below the affected area.

Take advantage of this FLASH SALE to book a massage after the Blues Marathon next weekend! Book your appointment by 1/28/18.

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Mississippi Blues Marathon is Coming--Are you ready?!

It won't be long now!  January 27th, 2018, the 11th annual running of the Mississippi Blues Marathon will take place in Jackson!

It's a great race with a fun route through Jackson and surrounding neighborhoods.  Lookout for those hills in Fondren and Belhaven!!

Chances are, if you're familiar with this race, you signed up months ago and have been training diligently.  If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time!  You can register here:  http://msbluesmarathon.events/race-course/

Whether you are running the 26.2 or the 5k, it's also a great time to stay loose with massage! 

But be careful!  

It is NOT a good time to make major changes to your running routine.  A spot-treatment with deep tissue massage might be helpful well in advance of your race if you are having specific issues, but overall, a relaxing recovery massage a few days after your last long run and during your taper can keep your body loose and get you physically and mentally for race day.  

Good luck to all those running!  I'll be joining the 10k crowd this year, so be sure to say hi!

Gotta Run,

Ben Witt

To New Beginnings!

Witt Massage Therapy is now Marathon Massage Therapy!!

I look forward to helping you with your massage needs.

Please email contact@marathonmassagetherapy.com if you have any trouble with the website--scheduling or gift cards.

More info coming soon!

Gotta Run,

Ben